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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:35 PM
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Why do men live this way?
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 12:39 PM by Moondog
A little while ago I realized I was hungry. Checked out my refrigerator. Basically, I had ice cubes, a jar of martini olives, half a stick of butter, and the remnants of what I think used to be a lime. Put whatever the last thing was into the garbage disposal and ground it up. Sigh. Still hungry.

So I headed over to my local Publix (local grocery chain) for some provisions. But once in the parking lot, I noticed the Quizno's next door. And I heard the siren song of a Turkey, Bacon and Guacamole sub. Hmmm, real food, or a quickie sub? Decisions, decisions.

Yeah, I went for the sub, ate it there, and came home.

Refrigerator is still empty. I could go back over there, but I got a new lens delivered on Friday that I want to go try out.

Looks like Chinese take-out for dinner.

Gotta hit the grocery store tomorrow. Damn. I hate grocery shopping.

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BuelahWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:37 PM
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1. One of my young male coworkers remarked that he'd never gone
grocery shopping till his girlfriend moved in with him recently. He said, "My idea of grocery shopping was a trip to McDonalds..."
:puke:
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:40 PM
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3. Sadly, I'm old enough to know better.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:30 PM
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34. I set out on my first grocery shopping trip ever as an adult living on my own
I had no idea what to buy,I just wandered around looking at everything. OK a box of cereal and milk,that is easy and will keep me alive!

The second time I went I was dreading it because I had no idea what to buy! My Mother always did the shopping and cooking. Then I struck gold! When I grabbed my shopping cart, there in the childs seat, was someone's shopping list! So I just grabbed that list and used it. Worked out perfectly.
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rcrush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:58 PM
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47. I hate grocery shopping cause of the getting out of the car and walking part
The grocery store is too big. If they had everything i needed at CVS that would be awesome.
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RadiationTherapy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:39 PM
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2. The trick for people who hate grocery shopping is going often.
Small trips 2-3 times per week.
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:41 PM
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4. Perhaps I should try that.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:56 PM
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14. see, I hate it, so
What I do is set aside an hour or so and make sure I don't have to do it any more often than necessary. Back when I was solo, I could generally make it a month between trips, and still keep food stocked for home cooking. Not counting trips to the butcher, which is not the same at all. That place smells like meat.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:57 PM
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46. Ugh! That just means more trips to the grocery.
I, as a female, go once a week to feed my family for that whole week. Some of my friends do go monthly for a month's worth of food, but I can't buy for a whole month. I am good just to buy what we need for the week, but if I had to go more than once a week, it would drive me nuts.
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:41 PM
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5. you should have gone after you ate that sub. You would have
shopped smarter and saved on gas............
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BuelahWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:42 PM
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7. Exactly! Never go grocery shopping when you're hungry
You'll buy all kinds of crap you don't need because your stomach is rumbling.
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:54 PM
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12. The only thing that motivates me sufficiently to go into a grocery is hunger.
And I just go through an aisle at a time grabbing whatever looks good, or easy, preferably both. I have actually noticed people eyeballing my shopping cart, then me, shaking their heads and walking off. Which really doesn't add to the experience, you know?
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:49 PM
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10. Yeah, you're right.
Shopping for groceries just doesn't seem to be one of my skill sets. Never really learned I guess.
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:56 PM
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13. I would trade you the grocery shopping, if you would do my taxes
that is not one of my skill sets. :D
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:06 PM
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17. Gee, that's a great offer.
And if you lived anywhere around me, I'd be more than happy to take you up on it. :hi:
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:09 PM
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19. alas
there are miles and miles between us ~sigh~ :hi:
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:42 PM
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6. I have heard bachelors described as "bears with furniture."
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:50 PM
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11. Heh. There's some truth to that.
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:44 PM
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40. Your bachelors have furniture?
I actually knew a guy who used stacks of old newspapers as chairs, until his sister made him stop.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:43 PM
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8. I like grocery shopping
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 12:43 PM by Richardo
I get a completely inexplicable charge out of it, especially when a new store opens. I'm always happy to pick up miscellaneous household stuff for others too.
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:57 PM
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28. I can attest to this.
I remember well that time you got me the extra batteries. You went WAY out of your way to get them, too. It was very much appreciated. :thumbsup: :hi:
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:04 PM
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30. !!
:hi: Bunny! :loveya:
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muffin1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:43 PM
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9. Sounds like every guy I've ever dated.
I can't blame you for the sub, though. While I don't eat many subs, I have to say the Quizno's Turkey, Bacon and Guacamole rocks.
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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:00 PM
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15. I like grocery shopping
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:56 PM
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50. Yep..same here.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:03 PM
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16. We do?
I never ate out when I was solo. I stocked as much preservable food as I could fit in the cabinets, generally choosing categories of items that I could successfully cook (which meant no rice, basically). And made regular stops at the butcher.

It was culture shock for my wife, who was used to eating out 3-6 times a week for dinners, plus lunch, and breakfast. We have reached a medium. We eat out once a week, sometimes twice. More when its too hot to cook. Less when I am more motivated to do the cooking. And I don't get to make nearly daily stops at the butchers anymore.
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:08 PM
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18. Well, apparently we all don't. But some of us do. Like me.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:08 PM
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31. I dunno what it is
I tend to attract epicurean friends on the male side. Even though I run much more to the mac and cheese with a steak side of things myself.
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:48 PM
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41. Secret of rice
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 08:50 PM by Stephanie
Fill pot with water until it is one inch. or one knuckle measure, above the rice level. Add a pat of butter and maybe some spices. turn on heat to high. After it starts to boil, turn it to the lowest possible flame and put a paper towel between the pot and the lid. Leave it on the stove for the exact amount of time on the package instructions. Then take it off the stove and let it sit for ten minutes before you take off the lid. Perfect rice.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:45 PM
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51. I finally figured it out right before i got married
Secret of rice: rice cooker. Problem solved.

I would have eaten so much rice if i had known about cheap rice cookers. I frikin love sticky rice, non sticky rice, all rice. I have no doubt knowing that years earlier would have saved me hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in food costs.
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:27 PM
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20. meh, fuck food. What lens did you get?
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:31 PM
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21. One of Canon's
new tilt-shift jobs. 17mm.
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:38 PM
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23. oooh, very sweet.
do you do architectural photos, or just want to bend stuff?



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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:40 PM
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25. I'm not
a working photog, just a dilettante. I want to bend, and unbend, stuff. That said, I got the 17 primarily for architecture.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:36 PM
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22. go in the late afternoon when they have the wine/booze tastings
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 01:36 PM by pitohui
i don't think hubby ever visits the grocery store any time other than "happy hour" :-)

this is louisiana, i am going to assume we're not the only state where there are free wine tastings per the grocery store but if we are, oh well
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:42 PM
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26. I've stumbled across a few of those. And my local grocery does that. But in FL
grocery stores only sell beer and wine. For liquor you have to go to a liquor store. They aren't state-run here, but they are separate.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:39 PM
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24. If a single guy realized how many good looking women were at the Trader Joes by my house...
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 01:40 PM by AngryAmish
I went almost every day. Unfortunately, my wife has laid down a strict "no dating" policy since we met so I don't go there as much.

(Honestly - if you live in a single-heavy neioghborhood go to Trader Joes after work. TONS of women and many of them single. I made a lot of progress there over the years.)
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:49 PM
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27. No Trader Joes here unfortunately.
Had one near my house in northern VA (metro DC area), but there aren't any here in FL. And you're right about the demographic there.

At the moment, the singles in my area tend to be well-heeled widows who are 20-30+ years older than me. I'm open-minded, but ....
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:01 PM
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29. I love shopping for groceries.
My father was the shopper in my family, and I learned from him at a very young age. One of thew highlights of my week was shopping with him as a child, getting up early to be at the market when they opened, and getting the freshest baked goods, meats, and produce of the day.

My mother couldn't shop to save her life.

Even after working in retail and wholesale food in one capacity or another my entire life, I still love going to market.

Funny, my two sons are smart grocery shoppers; my daughter, however, is just pitiful.
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Pharlo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:14 PM
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32. It's not just men.
I'm a single female and I hate grocery shopping. Don't particularly care to cook either.

I eat a LOT of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And, as long as there is dog food in the house, shopping is optional. It only becomes a necessity when I am out of dog food.
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theNotoriousP.I.G. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:59 PM
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35. Not all men live this way
It's called a grocery list. It works. Plan a week's menu and only buy what you need for it. Saves a lot of money.
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debbierlus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:06 PM
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36. Many men love to cook and keep the larder full - and then many don't

Same with women.

My husband cooks in the summer.

I cook in the fall in winter

We split the difference in spring

:)
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armyowalgreens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:19 PM
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37. I just got my first house with two roommates...
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 06:21 PM by armyowalgreens
I have lived here for almost 3 weeks and have yet to go to the grocery store.

I eat out every meal. One of these days I will go to the story and pick up some shit.

I'm just not use to making food for myself. So I'd rather spend a little extra and have someone make it for me.
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:53 PM
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44. Bachelor recipe
Get a can of Progresso minestrone. Heat it up in a pot on the stove. In another pot, boil some pasta until done. Strain. Add to soup. Pour it all in a bowl. Add heaping spoons of parmesan cheese. Very satisfying. I had a male roommate who lived on this and I thought it was ingenious.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:28 PM
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38. you want I should kick your ass, Moondog?
I'll make you grocery shop after
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:32 PM
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39. I live that way now that the kids are gone.
Went from Mom's Endless Buffet to old carrots and catsup in the frig. I don't really eat enough to stock Martha Stewart's kitchen.

It's just more fun to stock up for a tribe. Harder to do for a one.
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:49 PM
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42. Get with the program. Geez!
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:53 PM
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43. My husband and I live this way! And I am the guilty party. For me, cooking means ordering takeout
and grocery shopping means searching through takeout menus for tonight's option. Our fridge has some sparkling water, mayo, and some cheese.
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:56 PM
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45. What I want to know is why don't they pick up their stuff?
Why do they prefer to trip over it?
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GaYellowDawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:03 PM
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52. If we had a good answer for that question, we probably wouldn't have to be asked.
Full disclosure: I have been on an organization/cleaning kick lately.
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:35 PM
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48. I'm thinking you need
to keep lots of pasta and spaghetti sauce on hand.

Here's a tip: after you boil the pasta and mix it with the sauce, put it in a baking dish, top it w/mozzarella and bake it for about 25 minutes on 350! It is so good and leftovers are actually better!

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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:52 PM
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49. Because we are lazy and don't care. I think women care. nt.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:15 PM
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53. Guys, you NEED this book!!
I got it and it helped me make good but simple recipes.

It's called THE I NEVER COOKED BEFORE COOKBOOK, by Jo Coudert.

http://www.amazon.com/Never-Cooked-Before-Cookbook/dp/0...

Well, heck, it's out of print.

It assumes you know NOTHING. Tells you how to stock a larder, what terms like "baste" mean (hint: has nothing to do with sewing).

Recipes say: 1) do this; 2)Do this; etc.

I make Beef Stroganoff from this book, b/c you brown your meat, brown your onions and shrooms, and then throw in a can of Beef Gravy, instead of patiently stirring a bunch of ingredients together.

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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:18 PM
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54. Since I've been separated...
...and ultimately divorced, my bachelor menu has steadily diminished.

Frozen burritos, tacos, pizza, chicken-patty sandwiches, crispy crowns, nachos, cold cut sandwiches, meatball parm subs, kielbasa and baked beans, kielbasa and perogies.


Yeah, that's about it.

*sigh*



I need a woman.



Don't you want somebody to love?
Don't you need some body to love?
Wouldn't you love somebody to love?
You'd better find somebody to love!



Exactly!
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KatyMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:54 PM
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55. hunter vs gatherer?
:shrug:
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paulsby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:36 AM
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56. men live like bears with furniture - rita rudner nt
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:45 AM
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57. I dislike going
so when I go there I go about 6AM. the shelves are all restocked, there's hardly anyone there and there are no screeching hairless howler monkeys running loose in the store. I hate dodging unattended kids in the store
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